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Jamey, Adam and Sam bring you the last segment in the How to Navigate Las Vegas series…How to Leave Las Vegas.  Also included in this episode are discussions about Veganism in Vegas, the Pro Bull Riders tour and Planetary Safety…along with the Topless Report, Nerd Alert, Gear Grinders and Area 52.

Plus segments from contributing editors John Thorpe & Jamey Kirklin

A Couple of Classic ‘Vegas Restaurants – by John Thorpe

In episode 33, in response to a query from Danjam9, the panel discussed the best steak restaurants in Las Vegas. Jamey mentioned a classic Las Vegas steakhouse, The Golden Steer, and that reminded me of a couple of other iconic Las Vegas restaurants that wouldn’t be labeled as “steakhouses,” so fell outside the parameters of our discussion. Although the two I will discuss here serve meat dishes, they also offer a great deal more; and like The Golden Steer, they predate the celebrity chef invasion and offer a glimpse of the way Las Vegas was before the sad and regrettable corporate infestation of our beloved town. (“Someday a real rain will come and wash all this scum off the streets.”)

The perennial favorite restaurant among many well-informed locals for romantic occasions such as anniversaries and Valentine’s Day is Hugo’s Cellar, located downtown at the Four Queens Hotel. I’m not a particularly big fan of downtown Las Vegas, and the Four Queens can best be described as falling somewhere in that no man’s land between a shithole and a fleabag. You know that old, moldy sleeping bag you’ve got in the garage? The one caked with dust and stains of an unknown origin (or a known origin that you’d rather forget about)? The one that smells like a bear puked in it? Now imagine that sleeping bag turned into a hotel, much like Cinderella’s pumpkin transformed into a horse-drawn carriage. That nasty sleeping-bag-turned-hotel is the Four Queens. But don’t let the downtown location or the decrepit hotel that houses it deter you from dining at Hugo’s Cellar. It’s a Las Vegas institution and a first-class restaurant. Do stay away, however, if you’re just looking for a “quick bite” or want to eat and get on with your evening as soon as possible.  Hugo’s offers a true dining experience. Women are given roses. The waiters wear tuxedos and won’t refer to the Bananas Foster as being “awesome” or to your party as “you guys.” Many of the dishes are served table-side. Relax, have a drink, enjoy your dinner, and experience old Las Vegas in style. Here’s a link to their menu:

http://www.hugoscellar.com/files/menu.pdf

If you have your heart set on exceptional Italian food within the milieu of old ‘Vegas, then you’ll have a great time at Piero’s. Located in a stand-alone building at 355 Convention Center Drive, Piero’s is across from the Las Vegas Convention Center and less than a mile from Las Vegas Boulevard South (i.e., The Strip). Probably nothing exudes the old ‘Vegas vibe better than Piero’s high-backed leather booths and brick interior. Remember that fight scene in Casino between Sam (Robert De Niro) and Ginger (Sharon Stone)? The one in the restaurant? That scene was filmed at Piero’s. (Here’s a link to the scene: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0G_m7BAbQs). Hopefully, you and your dinner date will be on much better terms than Sam and Ginger, and although getting blown in the parking lot is unlikely, it can be arranged . . . just ask your concierge ; ) . All joking aside, I can pretty much guarantee you’re going to have a wonderful time at Piero’s. Here’s a link to their menu: http://pieroscuisine.com/menu-2/

One thing I like about both of these restaurants is that despite being elegant, classy, and traditional, they are not pretentious. If thoughts of a Belgium Endive Salad topped with St. Agur blue cheese, red wine poached pear, and candied walnuts and a plate of Foie Gras Au Torchon, served with rhubarb chutney, pickled mustard seeds, and a Pedro Ximénez reduction whet your appetite, then you should probably dine elsewhere. These are old-school establishments and the dishes they serve are recognizable, long-standing favorites, and probably haven’t changed much since these restaurants first opened.

When I worked with Jamey at the Venetian, I would occasionally get a perceptive and savvy guest who wanted a recommendation for an established, well-respected restaurant that wasn’t operated by a chef with his or her own TV show and an arrogant staff who thought they were doing their diners a favor by seating them. A restaurant that has withstood the numerous changes that Las Vegas has experienced over the years and still thrives. A place where the cognoscenti and the locals choose to dine. The three restaurants I would recommend to these guests were Hugo’s Cellar, Piero’s, and Lawry’s (which I mentioned on the podcast). I never had a guest come back and tell me that they had a lousy time at any of these restaurants. On the other hand, I did have people come back to complain about their experiences at restaurants that they specifically requested. What? You’re upset you spent 18 bucks for a side salad consisting of three Lacinato kale leaves, candied pine nuts, and a sea urchin aioli? You feel foolish because you couldn’t pronounce half the shit on the menu? Really? You weren’t impressed when the server set the plates down ever so gently in front of you, as if the small portion of what-the-fuck-is-that were about to explode if mishandled?

So do yourself a favor and get off the Strip and try one of Las Vegas’s classic restaurants. Unless, of course, you really are looking for a place where you can leave hungry, broke, and pissed off.

Vegas Vegas…The Truth from One Who Dared – by Jamey Kirklin

I am a man who enjoys a good ol’ stadium dog, a juicy burger on a soft bun (yes, with bacon) and a pizza right out of the oven with more cheese than meat – but barely.  I am also a man staring into both barrels of 50 years old and could now be victim to any one of the myriad problems facing men my age including brain numbing republicanism and social justice inducing lethargy.  Put simply, it was time to take stock of my consumption of life.

Now, I do have to admit that there were three outlying factors that caused a shift in my food intake.  One, was my wife and her desire to trim down and get back to her fighting weight of high school/college.  The second, although a bit disturbing on the outset, was the viewing of some of the more popular albeit controversial documentaries of the Plant Based (Vegan) lifestyle.  The third reason is one that again strikes deeply into the soul of men my age…the desire not to be a fat bastard and subsequently a dead fat bastard.

I must divulge that as this project came to the planning stages, my wife and I had a leg up.  We already had what I will call a decent dietary regimen which included most of the culturally accepted food groups and a good schedule of exercise.  We had never been slaves to the churches of sodium and high fructose corn syrup called Fast Food restaurants, and with the exception of a few smoothies and Starbuck’s coffees we were also not drinking our calories.  However, we were participating members of our society in that we espoused with little modification the Western Diet.

So our journey began…

We set upon our task of researching how we should approach beginning the adventure of the Plant Based diet.  Of course, everything being true on the internet we started there first, quickly followed by a small binging of the documentaries currently available on our streaming services.  Our new lifestyle choice had show after show and article after article praising us and encouraging us to sally forth and prosper from our choices.  Each proponent provided us copious notes and boundless positivity regarding our newly adopted food goals.  We were going to be dazzled by exotic tastes, save countless dollars at our local grocery and feel gleefully justified by our new culinary life.  To our dismay, we found each of the preceding promises to be fanciful and fantastic lies.

How could this be?  How could we have been led astray by such seemingly forthright and healthy(if a bit combative) individuals?

Undaunted we forged ahead…what follows is an accounting(striving for brevity) of a real world experiencing of the switch to Veganism.

As I am sure with most individuals who embark on this adventure, our first step was to head to our local store for supplies.  We chose not to go to the groceries where the professional Veg-heads shop(i.e Sprouts, WholeFoods etc) but to frequent our local food store in hopes they could accommodate this freshman vegan effort.  Having spent both several hours and several hundred dollars, we drove back home with our Vegan bounty and staggered into the kitchen with bushels of brightly colored vegetables – not a meat, milk or cheese could be found; and I am sure that I will receive a hearty amen from my fellow newbie’s (if they will stand for the truth) when I tell you that we clearly purchased way more than we could possible eat…therein illustrating the first problem with this plan.  You must forgo the Costco mentality and embrace the fact that you will no longer be buying flat carts of food to fill your pantry for those months before and after the zombie apocalypse, but will soon become fast friends with the cashiers and baggers of your local store for you will constantly have to be there shopping for fresh produce.

Now, as to the exotic tastes promised by  these Plant Based snake oil salesman.  Yes, those of us who grew up in the United States do tend to rest our laurels and our menus on a rather bland set of colors in the crayon box.  Initially, one can be mesmerized by the brightly colored and oddly shaped new vegetables you now have in your crisper; and upon your first tastings you think to yourself that this may not be as big a disaster as first thought.  Then, as sudden as your first impression came upon you, the distinct feeling of déjà vu washes over you, and then again…and again.  Worried you have chosen poorly, you try something Red, then something Green, then Yellow and Purple and so on.  To your horror, the hidden truth, a truth buried deeply along with the JFK assassination and the fact LOST was really a terrible show, becomes all too clear…everything tastes the same! (insert long agonizing scream here)

I know at this point I have raised the ire of my Vegan friends, acquaintances and followers.  The accusation will be simply be that I am ‘doing it wrong’ or I am simply not showing enough creativity when making my meals.  Well, I am sure that most will agree, after a long day of work the last thing you really want to do is be creative.

Now, of course, I have written this article with a bit of levity and my tongue firmly placed in my cheek.  I must acquiesce to some of the Vegan tenets.  I have indeed lost weight and lost it properly over an appropriate time frame.  I do feel my digestive system, which did tend to be a bit testy, has shown marked improvements.  My energy, which was never an issue, has stayed high.  In short, I feel good and will most likely continue this lifestyle with modifications that fit my needs.

If you do intend to explore the Plant Based community and lifestyle, keep in mind that your fellow humans rarely show the capability or desire for moderation.  You will see, as you do with those who espouse the Western diet or diets that involve meats, opinions in the extreme.  Each side will try to convince you that the other has intentions of malice and will contribute to your ultimate demise.  Fear not, for if you strive to disseminate all of the material out there you will ultimately find the diet and nutritional information you need.  The plain fact is that most diets and most exercises work; you just have to stick with it.  Most importantly, if you plan to make changes to your life in these ways, do it for yourself and not for the growing number of groups that say you should.

 

Episode #35 – Rundown

Coming up on this episode we will discuss

–  Final Step of our Las Vegas Series – Leaving Las Vegas

–  Vegan Vegas, PBR 2017, Planetary Safety

–  with the Topless report, Nerd alert, Gear grinders and Area 52

Keep those comments and show suggestions coming in…we love them all –

– georgejungle12 commented “Thanks for the Vegas Truth…I hear it’s turning Vegan…say it ain’t so!?

          –Vegenation, Komol

Vegan Vegas – The truth from one who dared…

 The Topless Report! Where are they naked now…

–  The Show “Crazy Girls” marked its 30th year in Las Vegas.

        Currently at the Sin City Theater at Planet Hollywood

Top 3 Fun Facts

First all-female topless revue on the strip. A 2008 movie was produced called “Crazy Girls Underover” about the cast thwarting a terrorist attack for the CIA.

The cast is spray tanned multiple times a week for the show.

PBR 2017 – What is it really Like?

Nerd Alert (Adam)

–  Thor Ragnarok Review

–  Super Mario Odyssey for Switch

Concierge Chronicle – Leaving Las Vegas

–  Plan your last day to be relaxing, sober and focused

–  If you must gamble, play games like Keno over which you have a little control – Also hit the sports book, grab a tasty stadium dog and place a bet(horse, harness etc.)

–  You want to leave with a good feeling and desire to come back.  Pack early, make sure to check the room for those pesky items that get lost (chargers), leave a small tip for your house cleaner(if deserved)…why, because it’s a classy thing to do and you’re a pig.

–  Hit the cab stand or grab your car early and head out…don’t forget to play a last machine in the airport.

Do this and I guarantee you, you will feel great and not look like Nicolas Cage or Elizabeth Berkley.

Gear Grinders – Las Vegas

–  It’s that guy again…had to shut down the “Once a Year” Vegas Expert…No you can’t Groupon a Bottle Table.

Area 52 (Jamey)

–   NASA creates one of the coolest jobs ever – and they have to come to Las Vegas:  Planetary Protection officer. Role was held by Catharine Conley ($124,00-$187,00 salary).

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Join Jamey, Adam, Sam and John for a Halloween themed Las Vegas Special.  Just some of the topics will be the Ghost of  Elvis, rotting corpses under hotel beds and the Science of Horror…why we get scared.  Also included will be the Headless Report, Nerd Alert, Brain Grinders and Area 52…plus Haunted Houses to visit in Las Vegas, Stranger Things 2 Launch Review and a Haunted Clown Motel.

…plus a New Segment by – John Thorpe

Horror Stories to Read on Halloween…by John Thorpe

In Episode 34, Jamey, Adam, Sam, and I discussed, in keeping with the Halloween theme, our favorite horror films, Halloween candy, and even our favorite horror-themed games. What got left out of the discussion was a list of horror stories for those who prefer to have their goosebumps delivered from printed words rather than from visual images. I’ve chosen three stories that are personal favorites of mine. There are countless others I could have selected, but I’ve chosen these three. They are all in the public domain—meaning that their copyrights have expired—and can be found in numerous places online and downloaded for free.

“The Willows” by Algernon Blackwood

If I had to choose a non de plume under which to write horror stories, I can’t think of a better one than “Algernon Blackwood.” Except that was the real name of a real writer. Born Algernon Henry Blackwood in 1869 (making him even older than me), Blackwood is one of the most important writers in the history of weird fiction. Although many of his stories are outstanding, if I were to pick a personal favorite, it would be his 1907 novella, “The Willows.” If you like plenty of gore and explicit description of murder and mayhem, then go read something else; there’s little of that in this story. Instead, Blackwood creates an incredibly creepy, frightening vision of nature as experienced by two men riding down the Danube in a canoe. You knew that Mother Nature could be a real bitch, as evidenced by the earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, typhoons, and other natural disasters that befall us, but you didn’t know that she might possibly harbor something even more evil as well. As the narrator notes, “Our only chance is to keep perfectly still. Our insignificance perhaps may save us.” And “us” extends beyond the narrator and his companion. You can download (or read online) “The Willows” at Project Gutenberg: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/11438.

“The Music of Erich Zann” by H.P. Lovecraft

H.P. Lovecraft is arguably the most influential writer of weird fiction in the 20th century. Yeah, the guy was a pompous snob, a blatant racist, and an all-around asshole, but his contributions to the field are undeniable. Many critics and aficionados cite “At the Mountains of Madness” as their favorite Lovecraft story, and although I like it, I much prefer his older stories, such as “The Music of Eric Zann” (1922).

Both this story and the one I’ll discuss below are told by unreliable narrators—a traditional and effective literary device in horror fiction because the reader can’t quite tell for sure whether the events described actually happened in real life, or only occurred in the batshit-crazy narrator’s tortured mind.

“The Music of Erich Zann” is one of the most atmospheric horror stories I’ve ever read. The narrator’s depiction of the sights and sounds he experiences are unnerving, perfect for a Halloween night reading. I remember on more than one occasion being in an unfamiliar city in Japan, wandering down nameless streets and alleys that didn’t quite run parallel, walking (okay, staggering), it seemed, in circles, trying to find the train station that was right here a fucking minute ago (Disclaimer: I admit to having had a beer or three. Did I mention how effective the unreliable narrator can be as a literary device?) It was during those drunken, aimless wanderings that I would think of this story and understand the narrator’s hopeless search for the Rue d’Auseil. Lovecraft’s fiction often involves glimpses of other worlds or dimensions too terrifying to fully perceive, comprehend, or describe. “The Music of Erich Zann” was Lovecraft’s personal favorite story because it was not overly explicit. Although some have criticized the story for that very reason—that it’s not explicit enough—I think the restraint works, and the mood, atmosphere, and themes are well served as a result. You can read the story here: http://www.hplovecraft.com/writings/texts/fiction/mez.aspx

“The Rats in the Walls” by H.P. Lovecraft

If you’ve been thinking about hocking a glob of spit and sending it to 23andme to find out about your ancestral lineage, you might want to reconsider after reading “The Rats in the Walls.” The themes of forbidden knowledge or the perils of discovering the true nature of your past stand out in this exemplary supernatural tale. And if you don’t like to read and would rather listen to a dramatized telling of story, you can’t do any better than the superb 1964 Black Mass production. The squeals of vermin help to make this a wonderfully creepy 30-minute broadcast that pairs with The Pod Bay Door’s Halloween special like champagne and caviar. You can listen to the Black Mass production at either one of these sites:

https://www.oldtimeradiodownloads.com/thriller/black-mass/rats-in-the-walls-1964-07-03

http://www.kpfahistory.info/black_mass_index.html/

http://www.hplovecraft.com/writings/texts/fiction/rw.aspx

As I mentioned at the outset, I could have selected countless other stories but chose these three. Two others that quickly come to mind are “The Repairer of Reputations” by Robert W. Chambers (contained in his collection The King in Yellow, considered by numerous critics to be a masterpiece of the genre) and “Orange is for Anguish, Blue is for Insanity” by David Morrell (he wrote First Blood, the basis for the Rambo movies, but I won’t hold that against him and neither should you). This is one of my favorite horror stories published in the past 30 years (it was written in 1988).

Both are worthy of your attention.

Show #34 Rundown

Coming up on this episode we will discuss

–  Elvis, Rotting corpses & the science of horror

–  Favorite movies, candy and games

–  with the Halloween Themed  Headless report, Nerd alert, Brain grinders and Area 52

Keep those comments and show suggestions coming in…we love them all –

– Jasonsmask90 commented “Hello from Canada…love the show…What is the best Haunted House in Vegas?”

Asylum & Hotel Fear, Freakling Bros. Trilogy of Terror & Escape or Die (Apocalyptic Escape Room)www.vegashauntedhouses.com

 –  Cindykins45 commented “What is the most haunted hotel in Vegas?”

Consistently, based on reports by guests, it is the Westgate Hotel-formerly the Las Vegas Hilton-formerly The International…Elvis has apparently not left the building.

The Headless Report! Where are they haunting now…

–  Rotting Corpse under the Hotel Bed – Urban Legend or not!?

Did not actually happen in Vegas but in Kansas City, KA-Pasadena, CA & Atlantic City, NJ

 –  Haunted Swings of Foxridge Park

Henderson, NV – Boy hit by car it’s said he now haunts Foxridge, with people reporting they’ve seen his ghost quietly using the swings. He doesn’t disturb anyone, but if you approach him, he suddenly turns demonic and disappears. 

 –  Water Babies of Pyramid Lake

Long ago, indigenous Paiute people threw premature or deformed babies into Pyramid Lake in order to keep their tribe strong. The spirits of these infants were angry at being cast aside and now haunt the lake, taking revenge on lake dwellers who dare cross their paths. For some reason, they are active only in the spring, and like to drag people to a watery grave. 

Nerd Alert (Adam)

–  What are your top 3 Horror films and why?

–  What are the top Horror games?

–  Stranger Things 2 launch review

–  What is the best/worst Halloween candy?

–  Science of Horror – Do people love to be scared?

Tension, relevance & unrealism

Fight or flight response

Thalamus – where to send fear

sensory cortex – what is the fear data

hippocampus – memories of fear and stimuli context

amygdala – decodes emotions

hypothalamus – activates fight or flight

Concierge Chronicle – Halloween Memories

–  Slimer pees in the hotel fountain

–  He-Man and She-Ra having sex in the elevator

–  Way too many Topless girls to count…Yay!

 Brain Grinders – Las Vegas

–  Partying until you Puke…every time…realy!?

 Area 52 (Jamey)

–    coulrophobia (the clinical term for fear of clowns)

Bob Perchetti’s motel next to a historic cemetery, be prepared to look after the 600 clowns inside.  Hundreds of clowns staring at you with lifeless eyes — but for the owner, employees and visitors, the Clown Motel in the small mining town of Tonopah is a refuge.

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Welcome Back Everybody!  Join Jamey, Adam, Sam and John for discussions on what to do when you finally get to your room in Las Vegas .  Also on tap are talks of the best steak in town, Nude Poker, The Mummy(in the …And This is Why Review), Giant Robots and Lost Games of Vegas…with the Topless Report, Nerd Alert, Gear Grinders and Area 52.

Don’t forget to check back in with us next week for our Las Vegas Halloween Special!!

 

…AND THIS IS WHY! (Movie Review) – The Mummy

I am well aware that Tom Cruise has a spotty history as it regards the roles he has chosen to play.  Of course, the cyclical nature of his career can be directly correlated to his personal life.  Leaving aside the specter of Scientology that constantly looms over Mr. Cruise, one can then focus on his body of work…and frankly I have enjoyed most of it…because of the plain fact that Tom Cruise makes screen filling, fun escapist films.

The Mummy of course, like most big box-office today, drops the flag on a potential franchise of films.  In this case it is the beginning of a reboot and mixture (The Dark Universe) of the classic horror films brought to us by Bella Lugosi and Lon Chaney during the 1930’s.  Good Idea?  I’m not sure but the films of the 1930’s (sorry cinephiles) are unwatchable to me probably due to the fact that my brain needs the technology, visuals and direction of today’s films.

Is The Mummy a good film?  Ignoring the fact that this is a completely unfair and leadingly negative question, I will say yes.  Does it have the intellectual underpinnings of a Kafka film while sifting thru your psyche for the meaning of life?…no.  Does it slog thru our emotional baggage waiting for the odd trigger word to enact our innate need to identify vicitimization?…no.  But it does have monsters – and Russell Crowe!

The Mummy is big, and loud and tosses around as much sand as it does portly dialogue.  But it does it with a childlike enjoyment akin to watching a puppy attack his favorite stuffed monkey.  It even has Tom Cruise again trying out his comedy chops which often falls flat with an “AWWW he tried to tell a joke again” response.  Cruise just hasn’t nailed the comedy timing in my opinion as, for example, Brad Pitt does with his quirky Ocean’s irreverence.  However, his delivery is always helped by the beaming and forever young smile that is Cruise’s signature.

If you have not seen The Mummy…see it…you will come away not having watched an Oscar contender but having escaped our tragic world for 1hr 51min…and said to yourself…hmmm, I wonder  who’s going to play the Wolfman?

 

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“Coming up on this episode we will discuss

–  What the hell to do once you get to Vegas!

–  Steaks, Nude Poker, The Mummy, Lost Games of Vegas

–  with the Topless report, Nerd alert, Gear grinders and Area 52

Keep those comments and show suggestions coming in…we love them all –

– Danjam9 commented “Coming to Vegas baby!…Where is the best steak?” – Anthony’s (M), Carnevino(Palazzo), Golden Steer, Texas De Brazil (honorable mention)

–  KrisGw1 commented “How is the Virtual Arena at MGM really?”

-Multiple comments – #vegasstrong memorial at Welcome Sign

 The Topless Report!!Where are they naked now…

Pool Season coming to a close…

-Man sues after getting penis stuck in pool filter

-Mothers  Group starts campaign against topless pools

-Poker by the Pool at BARE – Mirage

 Nerd Alert (Adam)

–  Kilonova – how gold is made

–  Giant Robot dual outcome

–  Blade Runner/Foreigner

 

The Concierge Chronicle (Jamey)

This Week we have:  You’ve Arrived, Checked in…now What!?

–  You must focus…Don’t get Cold Stone Syndrome

–  Pick a Pool and stay there…get out tip money and be a VIP

–  Call the concierge and get your dinner/show res

–  Eat Like a European – Drink like you’re in a marathon-Hydrate

–  Set aside gambling money/play with winnings/walk away

–  Take 1 day to be a tourist – See Vegas in the morning

 Gear Grinders – Las Vegas

–  Having recently spent some quality time abroad recently, I have come to realize the negative and deleterious effect the human race has on its natural and manmade monuments.

-Graffiti, theft, trash, racist thoughts…for God’s Sake Stop!

 Area 52 (Jamey)

–    Bellagio has more rooms than residents in the original town of Bellagio, Italy(3950).

–  Vegas is the home of the largest piece of the Titanic ever salvaged.  Dubbed the “Big Piece” it rests now at the Luxor along with many other pieces of memorabilia from the classic ship.

–  A lost Vegas game – FaroPharaoh, or Farobank is a late 17th-century French gambling card game. It is descended from basset, and belongs to the lansquenet and Monte Bank family of games due to the use of a banker and several players. Winning or losing occurs when cards turned up by the banker match those already exposed.

 

Made a bit more famous by the movie Tombstone starring Kurt Russel and Val Kilmer (Wyatt Earp and Doc Holiday).

Now found only at the Clark County Museum – Last place to run a Faro table was the Bingo Palace now Palace Station in 1978-1979.  Not enough percentage wins for the house and very easy to cheat.  The box that dealt the cards could be rigged in favor of the house so players began to grab the deck and drive a nail into it in the middle of the table to assure a fair deal.]

EXTRA-EXTRA

 

Join Jamey and Adam back in the Las Vegas studio for discussions about the Lies of Las Vegas, Heavy Metal Psychos, Vegans and naked tickets salesman…plus the topless report, gear grinders, the nerd alert and Area 52. Also on the program are talks of Star Wars and the Obi Wan movie, The Defenders release, Movie Pass, GoT and a congratulations to #JoeRogan on #1000 #JRE.

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Episode #27 – Rundown

 

Coming up on this episode we will discuss

–  The Lies of Las Vegas

–  Heavy Metal (Psycho Fest) & Vegan Vegas

–  with the Topless report, Nerd alert, Gear grinders and Area 52

 

Keep those comments and show suggestions coming in…we love them all –

 

–  TrishaM965 commented(podbean) – “Great show guys – Are there really weight, height and bust size requirements for showgirls?”

 

 The Topless Report!!Where are they naked now…

–  Naked man selling show tickets on LVB – Fake Shows

– Almost a full strip tease done on LVB until cops stop

 

(Jamey)  Time for The Nerd Alert!

 

Nerd Alert (Adam)

–  Star Wars Obi Wan Film

–  Defenders/Punisher

–  Psycho Fest & Vegan Restaurants

– Movie Pass & GoT

The Concierge Chronicle (Jamey)

 

This Week we have:  5 Lies of Las Vegas

–  Resort Fees are for your convenience – Lie

        –way to keep official rate down and compete on the net

  Oxygen pumped in – Lie

        –actually it is a mixture of scrubbed air & scent

–  Your comped Drink is what you ordered – Lie

        –casinos reserve right to switch

–  The right side of the sidewalk is reserved for locals. The left side is for tourists. Pay attention or you’ll get a fine. – Lie

–  The statue of Liberty in front of NYNY was also donated by France – Lie (Lawsuit – 2011 Forever Stamps-3 Billion)

 

 

Gear Grinders – Las Vegas

–  Cost of living…How much is a gallon of milk?

        –We have 3 dairies in Las Vegas

 

Area 52 (Jamey)

–  The pioneers of the Las Vegas casino industry weren’t all male mobsters: the first legal casino license was issued to a woman named Mayme Stocker in 1920 for the Northern Club. Stocker was a respectable wife and mother who was frequently written about in the local newspaper society pages. She opened the casino under her name (her husband Harold didn’t want to be associated with it at first) and offered the only five games legal in Vegas at the time: stud poker, draw poker, lowball poker, 500, and bridge.

 

Join Jamey and Adam this week for discussions on the efficacy of Live Gaming in Las Vegas.  Also on tap are reviews and recaps of the Dark Tower movie, the Atomic Blonde movie and a late Game of Thrones entry…and, as always, the Topless Report, Nerd Alert, Gear Grinders and Area 52…including a nostalgic look at trains in Las Vegas.

 

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Episode #25 – Rundown

 

(Jamey)  – This is Jamey…I am on back in the studio today with Adam…

 

Coming up on this episode we will discuss:

–  Is Live Gaming Dying?…Rise of the Machines!

–  Dark Tower, Atomic Blonde and GoT.

–  and of course, the Topless report, Nerd alert, Gear grinders and Area 52

 

15 Sec pre roll –

 

 

 

Keep those comments and show suggestions coming in…we love them all –

–  GaryAndersonTX1 commented – “Las Vegas will never be more than a bathroom stop on the way to Cali!”

        –Well, Nevada does rank number 1 for bridge quality according to the USDOT.

 – Stephenj3939 commented – “Thanks for the Honest Vegas Viewpoint – Is there time to take some sort of tour during a business conference?”

       

The Topless Report!!Where are they naked now…

–  Nudity on slot and poker machines forbidden by gaming commission.  Should it be?

– Street Entertainer’s Operation Game costume called on the count of nudity.

 

 

(Jamey)  Time for The Nerd Alert!

 

Nerd Alert (Adam)

–  Dark Tower Review

–  Atomic Blonde Review

–  Hyperloop reaches 192 mph

–  Game of Thrones recap

–  ESPn “The Ocho” on for a day

 

 

The Concierge Chronicle (Jamey)

 

This Week we have: 

  1. Is Live Gaming dead or dying?

        -revenue for slot 7 Bil vs live 4 bil (sports bet 19.2 mil

        -over half the profits for a casino are slots (all depart)

  1. Are novelty machines the devil in disguise?
  2. Are slot machines really for just women?
  3. Biggest slot win – $10.7m at the Wynn

-Biggest slot win refused by casino $43 mil – told machine malfunctioned

Gear Grinders – Las Vegas

–  Websites with more adds than content.  You’re slowing up my life again computer…

 

 

 

Area 52 (Jamey)

–   Erotic Heritage Museum…Celebrating acts of sex and love

–  Literally a direct result of the railway boom of the 1800’s you cannot get to Vegas…or leave it by train.  We do have the Union pacific running thru town but it is for industrial and commercial use only.

Join Jamey, Adam and Sam this week for discussions on The Ghosts of Las Vegas and the Haunting of The Strip. Also on tap is Naked hazing, the new Pokemon Go, shrimp tonnage, slot machines, abandoned mines and the release of O.J. Simpson. Plus, there is a Valerian movie review, a Game of Thrones recap…with the Nerd Alert, Topless report, gear grinders and Area 52.

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Episode #23 – Rundown

 

(Jamey)  – This is Jamey…Adam and Sam are with me in the studio…

 

Coming up on this episode:

–  The Ghosts of Las Vegas…haunting The Strip

–  Naked hazing on The Strip

–  and of course, the Topless report, Nerd alert, Gear grinders and Area 52

 

15 Sec pre roll –

We are now on Player.FM, Mixcloud and a big hello to Adam at OttoRadio – glad to be connected.

 

 

Keep those comments and show suggestions coming in…we love them all –

–  pokemonsbuddy67 commented – “Good show guys…why do you hate Pokemon Go – new version rocks”

 – dicedicedice commented – “My drive to work is alot more fun with you guys…What’s new in LV?”

        -Demo at 18 Fremont

        -O.J. is out!

       

 

The Topless Report!!Where are they naked now…

–  Showgirl street entertainers told pasties not enough…

– Nude girl strapped to hood of car was being hazed

 

 

 

(Jamey)  Time for The Nerd Alert!

 

Nerd Alert (Adam)

–  Valerian Review

–   GoT recap

–   Comic Con news

–  Bright movie

–  Dr. Doom movie

–  Shazam DC

–  Rockos Modern Life

–  Wstworld update

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Concierge Chronicle (Jamey)

 

This Week we have:  The Ghosts of Las Vegas…Haunting The Strip

 

  1. Employees at Bally’s report seeing group of ghosts walking around the kitchen area – Fire of 1980

 

  1. Reports at the Westgate (Lv Hilton) of Elvis near the backstage elevator which led to his Green Room.

 

  1. Reports at Circus Circus of screams in rooms on the 1st, 2nd and 5th floors and the words Help Me on bathroom mirrors. Mother in room 123 killed her little boy and herself.
  2. Luxor reports ghosts of suicides on the 12th and 14th floors…breathing on your neck.
  3. The Flamingo has over 100 reports of Bugsy Segals ghost by the pool or in the wedding chapel which was built over his old apartment there.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gear Grinders – Las Vegas

–  Creativity and Talent being set aside by volume technology.  One Click to popularity.

 

 

Area 52 (Jamey)

–   Over 70,000 pounds of shrimp is consumed every day in Las Vegas

-There are now almost 2 slot machines for every 8 residents of Las Vegas.

–  Nevada is home (many of which are very near Las Vegas) to between 225,00 and 310,000 abandoned mines – 50,000 of which have been deemed to pose serious hazards to the public.

Join Jamey, Adam and Sam this week for The Big Show of Lists – including discussions about teleportation, the OverWatch League, The Tick and the PS5 release.  Included is a review of Spiderman:  Homecoming and a look at a nujde friendly resort…and, of course, the Nerd Alert, Topless report, Gear Grinders and Area 52.

The Pod Bay Door Show

 

Episode #22 – Rundown

 

(Jamey)  – This is Jamey…Adam and Sam are with me in the studio…How are you guys?!

 

Coming up on this episode:

–  The Show of lists – What’s on yours?

–  Celebrities who made Vegas their final resting place.

–  and of course, the Topless report, Nerd alert, Gear grinders and Area 52

 

15 Sec pre roll –

 

 

Keep those comments and show suggestions coming in…we love them all –

–  JimboArkansas42 commented – “Great show guys…more talk about hot girls.”

–  coveryourheartindy commented – “Vegas isn’t really a Nerd town…is it?”

       

 

 

 

 

The Topless Report!!Where are they naked now…

– late entry – EDC – Naked man jumps of port a potty-breaks back

– Sea Mountain One Love Temple – Nude Lifestyle Friendly Resort

–  What are the 3 places you would never be caught naked?

 

 

(Jamey)  Time for The Nerd Alert!

 

Nerd Alert (Adam)

–  Spiderman:  Homecoming Review

–   Teleportation

–   OverWatch League

–  The Tick – Amazon Prime

–  PS5 in 2019

–  Who are you 3 favorite super heroes?

 

 

The Concierge Chronicle (Jamey)

 

This Week we have The Show of Lists

 

  1. Who are the 3 people on your deserted island?

 

  1. Who are your 3 celebrity Hall Passes?

 

  1. 3 Bucket list items?

Gear Grinders – Las Vegas

What’s are the 3 worst things you can do at the blackjack table to piss off players?

 

Area 52 (Jamey)

–  Who is buried in Las Vegas list?

Tony Curtis, Redd Fox, Harry James, Pat Morita, Sonny Liston, Poncho Gonzales, Albert Collins, Danny Gans, Zakes Mokae

Source: 3 Nerds Walk into a Movie Theater…and other anecdotes

Join Adam and Sam…and for the vacationing Jamey, guest Host Chris for discussions of the pros and cons of working in a movie theater, boxing and the Mayweather/McGregor fight and how a tick bite can make you Vegan. Also included in the show are talks of the new Raiders Stadium, the upcoming Jumanji film and a Google landmark lawsuit…with the Nerd Alert, Gear Grinders and Area 52.

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Episode #20 – Rundown

Greetings Programs…

Thank you for tuning into the show…This is the Pod Bay Door

You can find us on iTunes podcasts @ The Pod Bay Door

as well as The Pod Bay Door Podcast Youtube channel…or try

out the Podbean app (or any of your favorite podcast apps) to

download current and past episodes. Please hit Subscribe, Like

and Download – and look for us on all of your favorite Social Sites!

 

Our show is dedicated to providing honest info on the

newest Tech, movies, games and of course Las Vegas.  We want

everyone to have as much fun as we do and maybe gain some

interesting and useful information along the way.

Your Pod Crew today is Adam and Sam (with returning guest Chris Felix)

 

  1. Gear Grinders

-Dr appt / hospital stay

-Used car – hidden fees

– Cable bills aways on the rise

  1. Nerd Alert

-Directors Vut Han solo

-SNES classic lineup

-Google lawsuit

-tick bite that makes you a vegan – Lone Star tick

  1. Theater Chronicles

-outside food and drink

– senior tickets / kicking people out

– diet soda / lg buttered popcorn

-kids movies  kill bill/brother bear

-keeping cool  -Felix box cut / Sam hulking out

  1. Las Vegas 3

-Mayweather/MacGregor fight set for August

-Raiders stadium news

-UNLV logo

  1. Movies

-Jumanji

-The Foreigner

-Inhumans

-Death Note

  1. Area 52

Gambling – well bet on anything

-In 1980, a Las Vegas hospital had to suspend workers who were betting on when           patients would die. One nurse was even accused of murdering a patient so she would    win.

-Frederick W. Smith, the founder and CEO of FedEx, saved his company by gambling      in Las Vegas. He took FedEx’s last $5,000 to Sin City and won $27,000 while gambling   on blackjack, paying for the company’s $24,000 fuel bill.

– The Buried Life lost a $250,000 bet at the Golden Gate casino

-Ashley Revell, bets life saving on roulette and wins!  $135,000

 

– Closeout

Thanks to everyone listening and watching.  You can catch The

Pod Bay Door on the PodBean app, Tunes, on our Youtube Channel @ The

Pod Bay Door.

Please Download, like and Subscribe!

The Pod Bay Door is closed…talent is out…

The Pod Bay Door Show

 

Episode #18 – Rundown

 

(Jamey) – Hello Everybody…thanks joining us…

 

This is… THE POD BAY DOOR

 

You can join us every Tuesday for info and opinions on the newest tech, movies, games, and of course insider information, history and maybe even some crazy secrets about our home… Las Vegas, NV…So sit back, relax and enjoy the ride.

 

You can find us on iTunes podcasts @ The Pod Bay Door

Our YouTube channel is – The Pod Bay Door Podcast

Or find us on any of your favorite podcast apps.

 

…and Hey, if you get a chance, subscribe to us and give us a review on your favorite podcast platform!

 

Coming up on this episode:

– 7 Most Famous Crimes in Las Vegas History

– Nevada and Marijuana

– Wonder Woman – Nerd Verse calls for re-casting

– and of course, the Topless report, Nerd alert, Gear grinders and Area 52

 

15 Sec pre roll –

 

(Jamey) For Adam…this is Jamey.

…Hello to our producer Sam who has been sick of late…get well soon Sam!

Back in our studio again is John Thorpe to add some wit & wisdom…Thank you for stopping by John!

 

A big thank you to our new listeners in Connecticut and Massachusetts – thank you so much for tuning in…we really appreciate everybody!!

 

Keep those comments and show suggestions coming in…we love them all –

– Bigboypantz9 commented “What are the strip clubs like in Las Vegas?”

– Marley4evrman commented “Is weed legal in Las Vegas now – WTF!?”

        –Yes but…It is still a federal crime

        –Not on the Strip – 12 Dispensaries parallel

        –Nevada Gaming commission – No pot in casinos period

        –Recreational(no medical) sales will not be legal and established until well after November of 2017.

        –Nevada has 55 medical dispensaries

 

 

 

The Topless Report!!Where are they naked now…

– The Topless Show

        –Many Rules

        –125 seat capacity or more – escorted to seat only

        –Must have a liquor license

        –cannot engage with audience

        –cannot be seen nude outside auditorium

        –no tipping

        –Infractions are only misdemeanors but casino is liable

-Street performer nudity ban in late 2015

 

 

(Jamey) Time for The Nerd Alert!

 

Nerd Alert (Adam)

– E3 – PS, Xbox, Nintendo

– Hitman dev goes fully independent

– Neil Degrasse Tyson launches Kickstarter for science exploration game

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Concierge Chronicle (Jamey)

 

This Week we have:

7 Most Famous Crime in Las Vegas History

 

  1. Philip Cline and the Las Vegas Hilton Arson

        -8 Dead, 200 injured – building gone

  1. Bellagio Biker Bandit

        -Anthony Carleo stole $1.5 million in chips

        -gave $25K chip to salvation army bell ringer

        -caught trying to Craigs list chips

        -son of a local judge

  1. Al Bramlet murder

        -Culinary Union Boss in 1977

        -killed by his own hit men for nonpayment

  1. Kidnapping of Steve Wynn’s daughter

        -negotiated to $1.45 million

        -caught buying a ferrari

  1. Ted Binion Kidnapping Plot

        -Marvin Shumate vs Benny Binion

  1. O.J. Simpson memorabilia heist
  2. The Hole in the Wall Gang

        -Tony “The Ant” Spiltro – LV Mob enforcer

        -The brothers went to a house in rural Indiana for a business meeting, where they were met by a group of mafia hit men. The Spilotro brothers were beaten and strangled, and their bodies buried in a nearby cornfield

Gear Grinders – Las Vegas

– Performing Life – the dissolution of sincerity

– Communal tables for anything

 

Movies & TV reviews

– Wonder Woman – Was Gal Gadot the right choice?

 

Area 52 (Jamey)

– Alien sightings as recent as Feb 2017 in the township of Summerlin.

– New Author claims that Aliens have visited our casinos in Human Suits.  Canadian Minister Paul Hellyer & US Air Force Charles Hall

 

 

Jamey – Closeout

Thanks to everyone listening and watching.

You can catch The Pod Bay Door on the PodBean app (or any of your favorite podcast apps including iTunes, Google Play, TuneIn and Stitcher Radio. You can watch the show on our YouTube Channel  @The Pod Bay Door-Podcast

 

Please Download, like and Subscribe!

Our Social Connectivity screen is coming up – check in with us on FB, twitter and word press.

 

The Pod Bay Door is closed…talent is out…

Source: 7 of the Most Infamous Crimes in Las Vegas History – EP#18

The Pod Bay Door Show

 

Episode #18 – Rundown

 

(Jamey) – Hello Everybody…thanks joining us…

 

This is… THE POD BAY DOOR

 

You can join us every Tuesday for info and opinions on the newest tech, movies, games, and of course insider information, history and maybe even some crazy secrets about our home… Las Vegas, NV…So sit back, relax and enjoy the ride.

 

You can find us on iTunes podcasts @ The Pod Bay Door

Our YouTube channel is – The Pod Bay Door Podcast

Or find us on any of your favorite podcast apps.

 

…and Hey, if you get a chance, subscribe to us and give us a review on your favorite podcast platform!

 

Coming up on this episode:

– 7 Most Famous Crimes in Las Vegas History

– Nevada and Marijuana

– Wonder Woman – Nerd Verse calls for re-casting

– and of course, the Topless report, Nerd alert, Gear grinders and Area 52

 

15 Sec pre roll –

 

(Jamey) For Adam…this is Jamey.

…Hello to our producer Sam who has been sick of late…get well soon Sam!

Back in our studio again is John Thorpe to add some wit & wisdom…Thank you for stopping by John!

 

A big thank you to our new listeners in Connecticut and Massachusetts – thank you so much for tuning in…we really appreciate everybody!!

 

Keep those comments and show suggestions coming in…we love them all –

– Bigboypantz9 commented “What are the strip clubs like in Las Vegas?”

– Marley4evrman commented “Is weed legal in Las Vegas now – WTF!?”

        –Yes but…It is still a federal crime

        –Not on the Strip – 12 Dispensaries parallel

        –Nevada Gaming commission – No pot in casinos period

        –Recreational(no medical) sales will not be legal and established until well after November of 2017.

        –Nevada has 55 medical dispensaries

 

 

 

The Topless Report!!Where are they naked now…

– The Topless Show

        –Many Rules

        –125 seat capacity or more – escorted to seat only

        –Must have a liquor license

        –cannot engage with audience

        –cannot be seen nude outside auditorium

        –no tipping

        –Infractions are only misdemeanors but casino is liable

-Street performer nudity ban in late 2015

 

 

(Jamey) Time for The Nerd Alert!

 

Nerd Alert (Adam)

– E3 – PS, Xbox, Nintendo

– Hitman dev goes fully independent

– Neil Degrasse Tyson launches Kickstarter for science exploration game

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Concierge Chronicle (Jamey)

 

This Week we have:

7 Most Famous Crime in Las Vegas History

 

  1. Philip Cline and the Las Vegas Hilton Arson

        -8 Dead, 200 injured – building gone

  1. Bellagio Biker Bandit

        -Anthony Carleo stole $1.5 million in chips

        -gave $25K chip to salvation army bell ringer

        -caught trying to Craigs list chips

        -son of a local judge

  1. Al Bramlet murder

        -Culinary Union Boss in 1977

        -killed by his own hit men for nonpayment

  1. Kidnapping of Steve Wynn’s daughter

        -negotiated to $1.45 million

        -caught buying a ferrari

  1. Ted Binion Kidnapping Plot

        -Marvin Shumate vs Benny Binion

  1. O.J. Simpson memorabilia heist
  2. The Hole in the Wall Gang

        -Tony “The Ant” Spiltro – LV Mob enforcer

        -The brothers went to a house in rural Indiana for a business meeting, where they were met by a group of mafia hit men. The Spilotro brothers were beaten and strangled, and their bodies buried in a nearby cornfield

Gear Grinders – Las Vegas

– Performing Life – the dissolution of sincerity

– Communal tables for anything

 

Movies & TV reviews

– Wonder Woman – Was Gal Gadot the right choice?

 

Area 52 (Jamey)

– Alien sightings as recent as Feb 2017 in the township of Summerlin.

– New Author claims that Aliens have visited our casinos in Human Suits.  Canadian Minister Paul Hellyer & US Air Force Charles Hall

 

 

Jamey – Closeout

Thanks to everyone listening and watching.

You can catch The Pod Bay Door on the PodBean app (or any of your favorite podcast apps including iTunes, Google Play, TuneIn and Stitcher Radio. You can watch the show on our YouTube Channel  @The Pod Bay Door-Podcast

 

Please Download, like and Subscribe!

Our Social Connectivity screen is coming up – check in with us on FB, twitter and word press.

 

The Pod Bay Door is closed…talent is out…